|Myself and B, the first day we met in person. Please excuse the horrendous photo quality!|
Ten years ago today, on July 3rd 2004, I first met my partner B. It was a (windy) Saturday afternoon in B's hometown of Toowoomba, and 15 year old me and 16 year old B had arranged to meet at B's local cinema to watch the movie 'Mean Girls'. Not being a Toowoomba girl myself (I lived in Brisbane at the time) I didn't think about the fact that it might be cold that day and so I wore the shudder inducing pink collared top and tartan pink mini skirt combo pictured above. To say that I was cold was an understatement. Unfortunately I still haven't learned my lesson about Toowoomba weather and am often still caught out wearing shorts in the middle of winter. :P
Prior to this meeting B and I had only ever talked online. We'd met in an MSN chat room (oh, the good old days!) roughly a year beforehand and had only just worked up the courage to meet each other face to face. We were supposed to be meeting up as "friends" but from the moment that I first spotted him from across the cinema foyer, I instantly felt attracted to him. Being tall, smart, funny and handsome meant that I of course formed a crush on B within minutes of us saying hello, but it was more than just the feeling of having a teenage, hormonal driven crush on someone.. it was almost like a sense of "knowing" that we were meant to meet each other that day.
I don't remember much of the movie side of our meet up as I was far too busy remembering to breathe as B pulled the old 'arm over the shoulder' move in a (successful) attempt to kiss me. That's right kids, Daddy was always pretty smooth in the romance department. ;) Thankfully our first kiss went really well as we'd both already had some practice, although I do remember B commenting on the fact that my legs felt a bit prickly.. Sorry buddy, but we were supposed to be meeting up as friends.. I didn't even think about shaving my legs for the occasion. :P
After the movie my Dad, who had kindly driven me up to Toowoomba to meet B, drove B and I over to picnic point to say a proper goodbye to each other. Dad obviously felt that saying goodbye at the movies wasn't good enough for us.. maybe he knew that we would one day end up being with each other too? Whatever his reason was, I'm really glad we went to picnic point. B was really sweet when it came to saying goodbye, sweet enough for me to still remember the goosebumps his words gave me ten years later. :)
Sadly we weren't in a position to start a relationship up at that time in our lives, and it wasn't until four and a half years later that B finally asked me to be his girlfriend. I'm so glad we waited though. Realistically we probably wouldn't have lasted very long as a teenage couple in a long distance relationship.. plus I truly believe that the relationships we both had in those next four and a half years were necessary for the success of our relationship today. I love B so much more right at this moment than I ever could have imagined loving anyone as a teenager. He is my rock, my centre, my everything really.. and I am so glad we met each other ten years ago today.